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12 celebrities you probably didn’t know are from Derbyshire

PUBLISHED: 11:25 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:25 14 October 2016

Jason Statham and partner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jason Statham and partner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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BAFTA winning actors and actresses to an Olympic athlete, celebrity chef and prize-winning author – Derbyshire has produced a wealth of talent from its vibrant towns and beautiful villages

Designer Vivienne Westwood. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)Designer Vivienne Westwood. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

1. Vivienne Westwood
Fashion designer and activist, who played a key role in the development of the 1970s punk scene. Dame Vivienne Westwood’s designs are instantly recognisable for their unconventional tailoring and anti-establishment slogans. Known also for her political activism, the Glossop-born designer campaigns against climate change.


Robert Lindsay and family.Robert Lindsay and family.

2. Robert Lindsay
Ilkeston-born actor Robert Lindsay is a familiar face - whether you watched Citizen Smith in the 70s or sitcom My Family in the noughties. The BAFTA, Oliver and Tony award winner has played some serious roles on stage in his expansive theatre career, from Hamlet at Manchester’s Royal Exchange to Richard III for the 1998 RSC production.


Ellen MacarthurEllen Macarthur

3. Ellen Macarthur
Dame Ellen, from Whatstandwell near Matlock, broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. Now a business woman, the retired sailor has set up The Ellen Macarthur Foundation and The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust – a charity that takes young sailing to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer.


James Bond actor Timothy Dalton. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)James Bond actor Timothy Dalton. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

4. Timothy Dalton
The two-time James Bond star grew up in Belper, Derbyshire. More recently he has played the role of Sir Malcom in Sky TV show Penny Dreadful.


Author Dame Hilary MantelAuthor Dame Hilary Mantel

5. Hilary Mantel
Twice Man Booker prize-winner, author Dame Hilary Mantel grew up in the mill village of Hadfield. Best known for her historical fictions following the rise to power of Thomas Crowell, the first of these novels, Wolf Hall was turned into a BBC drama in January 2015. The prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies have become successful stage shows, performed by the RSC.


Actor John Hurt. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)Actor John Hurt. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

6. John Hurt
Chesterfield-born actor John Hurt has played too may high-profile roles to mention. From the lead in David Lynch’s Elephant Man, Kane in sci-fi horror Alien to Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. In addition to multiple stage roles, Sir John even voiced the Owl in children’s animation The Gruffalo’s Child . In February 2015 shooting began for spy-thriller Damascus, starring the Golden Globe and four-time BAFTA winner.


Tess Daly. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)Tess Daly. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

7. Tess Daly
You probably know Tess as presenter of prime-time BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and as wife to Radio presenter and model Vernon Kay. But the former model, who grew up in Birch Vale has also written two chick-lit novels: Its Up To You, New York and The Camera Never Lies.


Sat Bains at his Nottingham restaurant - Restaurant Sat Bains.Sat Bains at his Nottingham restaurant - Restaurant Sat Bains.

8. Sat Bains
From Normanton, Derby, Sat Bains has a host of prestigious industry accolades to his name, not to mention celebrity-star status with his role in BBC 2’s The Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen appearances. Bains is chef proprietor of the two-Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

9. Jason Statham
The actor and producer was born in Shirebrook. Statham is best known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Revolver, as well as The Transporter trilogy. Recently he has played a Las Vegas bodyguard in Wild Card, released March 2015.


Tom Chambers and Clare Harding  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)Tom Chambers and Clare Harding (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

10. Tom Chambers
Another star familiar with Strictly, Tom Chambers won the ball room dancing show in 2008. Born in Darley Dale and raised in Parwich, Chambers is best known for his roles in television dramas Holby City and Waterloo Road.


11. Bruno Langley
Actor Bruno Langley grew up in Buxton. He is best known for his role as Todd Grimshaw, the first openly gay character in Coronation Street. Langley also played Adam Mitchell in popular sci-fci drama Doctor Who.


12. Jack O Connell
You might know him as the drug-taking tear-away, Cook, in C4 show Skins – or as 80s skinhead Pukey, in Shane Meadows’ This is England. But now, Alvaston born Jack is one of Hollywood’s leading men – starring in Angelina Jolie’s recent blockbuster Unbroken in 2014.


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  • Just read articles famous people from Derbyshire - one that was missed: Maxwell Caulfield - actor well know In america born in duffield, Derbyshire. It was an interesting read.

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